Boy Scouts Executive Committee OKs Ending Ban On Gay LeadersThe executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue.
North Dakota Governor Wants Ban On Gay DiscriminationNorth Dakota's Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.
Dayton Mulls Ban On State Travel To Indiana After New LawGov. Mark Dayton is considering a ban on state travel to Indiana after a religious freedom law there has faced sharp criticism. Opponents say the Indiana law is a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton says he abhors the law and supports those standing against it.
Iowa Senate OKs Bill To Ban Gay Conversion TherapyThe Senate has passed a bill that would ban mental health providers in Iowa from practicing therapy aimed at converting the sexual orientation of a minor. The Senate voted 26-24 Tuesday along a straight party line. It now heads to the House, where it's unclear what kind of support it will get.
Report: Plaintiffs In Wis. Gay Marriage Case Request $1.2MThe plaintiffs in the lawsuit that challenged Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage are requesting attorney fees in the amount of $1.2 million, according to a new report by the National Law Journal.
Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights GroupsEven as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Archbishop Nienstedt Asks For Gay Music Director’s ResignationA music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner. Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.
Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert LawsuitThe messy dispute between the Minnesota Vikings and their former punter, Chris Kluwe, has been settled. Kluwe had been threatening a $10 million lawsuit against the team, claiming he was let go because of his support for gay marriage.
Rep. Bachmann: Gay Activists Are The Real BulliesRep. Michele Bachmann spoke out against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's recent decision to veto a measure that some say would've allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people. Bachmann (R-Minn.) was talking with a talk radio show host during the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Minn. Gay Rights Groups Turn Attention To BullyingLong before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies.
Appeals Court: Man Can Distribute Bibles At Pride FestAn appeals court decision could allow a man who was barred from distributing Bibles at Twin Cities Pride to resume doing so unrestricted in Loring Park next year. Brian Johnson said he had been distributing Bibles at the event since 1995 without issue.
A Rare Glimpse At Minn.’s 1st Gay Wedding In 1971 At midnight this Wednesday, Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. It's been a lifetime struggle for many, including one Minneapolis couple who are believed to be the first gay couple in the United States to be married - 42 years ago. The demonstrators who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota owe a debt to this Minneapolis couple who now shun publicity, but who once shocked the nation into awareness.