A gubernatorial candidate in Maine has penned an Op-Ed in which he announces he is gay and asks the question: "Why should my sexuality matter" for the state's upcoming governor's race.
Mike Michaud, a five- term Democratic Congressman running for governor in Maine's 2014 election, made the announcement in an Op-Ed published in three major newspapers in the state on Monday. Michaud wrote that he chose to reveal his sexuality because he had heard of "whisper campaigns" in the form of insinuations and push polls from those who oppose his candidacy, and he decided to reveal his homosexuality so as to stop the rumors.
"Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer," Michaud wrote in his Op-Ed. "Yes, I am. But why should it matter?" he questioned. more >>
A bill meant to expand anti-discrimination employment policy to include gays and transgendered individuals may see its defeat in the House of Representatives.
After the United States Senate voted to end cloture and bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor, House Speaker John Boehner expressed his opposition. Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker Boehner, stated in an email to Politico that the Republican-controlled House will oppose the bill should it pass the Senate.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," wrote Steel. more >>
Since the 2012 elections, the number of states sanctioning same-sex marriage has doubled, but in the rush to appease some outspoken and politically-connected citizens, are the religious liberties of others being trampled?
That's the worry in Hawaii, where the State Senate recently voted 20-4 to legalize same-sex "marriage," repealing a constitutional amendment passed by popular vote in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Governor Neil Abercrombie called the vote in a special session, hoping to make Hawaii the 15th state to participate in this social experiment. Governor Abercrombie has already signed a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples, which took effect in early 2012, and grants the same rights and benefits as marriage in the state. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.
Hawaii is well on its way to approving same-sex marriage after the state's Senate voted this week to repeal a voter-approved constitutional amendment specifically defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The vote came after the state's governor introduced a special session to have same-sex marriage legislation addressed, and although the legislation is expected to pass the House of Representatives' vote, Hawaii residents still remain greatly divided on the issue of redefining the meaning of marriage.
Hawaii's Senate voted 20-4 on Wednesday to have same-sex marriage legalized in the state. The state's lone Republican Senator joined three Democrats in opposing the legislation, which seeks to repeal a 1998 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Hawaii's Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie has voiced his interest in expediting legislation to redefine marriage in his state. He told Al-Jazeera America news on Monday that he believes the gay marriage legislation will be passed in the state "within a week or so." Abercrombie added that the bill was drawn up primarily in response to the Supreme Court's June rulings regarding gay marriage and subsequent legal action taken in Hawaii by same-sex couples hoping to have the state recognize marriage between same-sex couples. "The bill primarily is in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions and legal action that was taken in our state with regard to equality issues that we think the bill will resolve," Abercrombie said. more >>
"Love! Valour! Compassion!" a play about a group of gay men and their journey with AIDS has stirred up controversy in Grand Rapids, Mich., where some Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Trustees are calling for the school to defund the theater that hosted the play.
"There have been several members of the board who feel that the Actor's Theater is inappropriate," Bert Bleke, GRCC Board of Trustees chairman, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. "Historically, the college provides a small amount of money to the theater," Bleke explained, and some members ask for even that to be removed. According to reports, GRCC gave the theater $19,000 last year.
Some residents believe that through the play – which includes a scene of male nudity – GRCC is endorsing nudity "as entertainment or education and is using our tax dollars to do this, resident Joan Ridderbos told MLive last week. Ridderbos, who did not see the play, learned about it from friends at her church. more >>