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U.S./World: Mississippi passes ‘religious freedom’ law

April 11, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

A so-called religious freedom law critics say could be used to discriminate against LGBT people was passed by Mississippi lawmakers on April 1 and signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant on April 3. The new law will take effect on July 1.

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U.S./World: Westboro founder Fred Phelps dies

March 28, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, died on March 19. Phelps, known for his “God Hates Fags” anti-gay protests at LGBT events and military funerals, was 84.

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U.S./World: Poll – Record number support same-sex marriage

March 14, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

A record number of Americans now support same-sex marriage, say adoption by gay couples should be legal and see gays and lesbians as good parents, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released on March 5.

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U.S./World: Five Years of State Victories for Gay Marriage Supporters

February 28, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

A string of victories for supporters of gay marriage has vastly expanded the areas of the U.S. where same-sex couples can marry, marking a stark shift from five years ago when it was legal in just two states.

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U.S./World: Virginia marriage decision puts spotlight on N.C.

January 31, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

The decision by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring not to defend his state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on marriage has sparked a wave of controversy and shed a spotlight on efforts to rollback a similar ban in North Carolina.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Gay rights take focus in Virginia

January 17, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by Lainey Millen

The Virginia General Assembly opened its 2014 legislative session on Jan. 8, prompting a flurry of bills on gay marriage and sex crimes.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Marriage advances in Utah

January 3, 2014 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

The momentum for marriage equality continues at the state level, with Utah becoming the latest state to grant marriages to same-sex couples.

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Beyond the Carolinas: India court upholds sodomy law

December 20, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

Reversing a 2009 order by a lower court, India’s Supreme Court on Dec. 11 upheld that nation’s colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Teenage British Olympic diver comes out

December 6, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

British Olympic diver Tom Daley came out about his relationship with a man on Dec. 2.

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Beyond the Carolinas: LGBT workers of color most disadvantaged

November 22, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

LGBT workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in the U.S., due to discrimination and a lack of workplace protections, job benefits, unfair taxation and unsafe schools, according to a report, “A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color,” from a coalition of LGBT and progressive organizations released on Nov. 14.

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Beyond the Carolinas: ENDA could get senate vote before Thanksgiving

November 8, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office confirmed in late October that the Nevada Democrat will announce that he is bringing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the full Senate for consideration before its scheduled Thanksgiving recess.

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National/Global: ‘Ex-gay’ group threatens Va. colleges

October 25, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

The “ex-gay” group, Voice of the Voiceless, is urging the LGBT student resource centers at universities in Virginia to provide ex-gay therapy and resources on changing sexual orientation.

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National/Global: Estimated 1.4 million LGBT Latinos in the U.S.

October 11, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

An estimated 1.4 million or 4.3 percent of Latino/a adults identify as LGBT and 29 percent of Latino/a same-sex couples are raising children, according to a report released in early October by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles.

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National/Global: Eldridge launches congressional bid

September 27, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

Sean Eldridge, a former staffer for Freedom to Marry and a leading advocate for marriage equality, announced his candidacy for New York’s 19th Congressional District on Sept. 23.

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National & Global: Human rights activists target Russian anti-gay law at G20 protests

September 13, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Spaced out along St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, about a dozen human rights activists staged individual protests to attract the attention of leaders of the world’s biggest economies to human rights violations in Russia.

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Teen couple swaps genders

August 2, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

State legislators in Boston are considering a proposal to ban controversial “ex-gay” and “conversion therapy” on minors.

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Beyond the Carolinas: ‘Moment of Joy’

July 5, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by Matt Comer

The New Yorker celebrated the Supreme Court rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 with a distinctive and special cover for its July 8 & 15, 2013, print edition.

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Beyond the Carolinas: White House objects to NDAA ‘conscience’ language

June 21, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

The White House on June 11 threatened to veto a defense spending bill that includes so-called “conscience protections” that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Boy Scouts allow gay youth

June 7, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

The Boy Scouts of America’s 1,400-member National Council voted to allow openly gay youth members in their programs on May 23. The change was approved by 61 percent of voting delegates, sparking controversy from anti-LGBT opponents of the new policy, some of whom have said they will pull their support of Scouting.

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Beyond the Carolinas: Minnesota legalizes marriage equality

May 24, 2013 in Beyond the Carolinas by QNotes Staff

Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize marriage rights for same-sex couples when Gov. Mark Dayton (pictured) signed the legislature’s bill on May 14.