Tag: Gays and lesbians

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National

Neighboring Pa., NJ spotlight gay marriage efforts

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, at podium, speaks during a news conference beneath the Robert Indiana sculpture “Love,” Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. Democratic state Reps. Steve McCarter and Brian Sims say they are introducing a bill that would allow same-sex couples to get married legally in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Peter JacksonAssociated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on tracks that could lead to the Northeast being the first full region in the country to legalize gay marriage — but the routes are hardly parallel and the horsepower anything but equal. A flurry of recent court decisions has gay couples in New Jersey, where same-sex marriage has long been debated, hurrying to make wedding plans for when they can legally marry starting Monday — even as a moderate Republican governor with apparent presidential aspirations awaits a decision on his appeal. Across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, advocates are pecking away at a 1996 gay marriage ban by introducing bills in the Legislature, defiantly issuing marriage licenses in localities and taking the issue to court — with few people conceding the tactics will work anytime soon in a big state with a socially conservative spine.

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Sports

Jason Collins came out; NBA should let him play

In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by Jeff Pearlman (CNN) — It was merely a dream, wasn’t it? That whole Jason Collins thing of six months ago — never happened, right? The headline news of his becoming the first openly gay active male professional athlete in a team sport. The Sports Illustrated cover. The supportive tweets from everyone ranging from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Jason Kidd and LeBron James. The interviews. The raves (“Game-changing!”). The altered landscape.

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National

As 2016 looms, Clinton keeps up with supporters

In this July 9, 2013 photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauds international delegates to the during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Whether she runs for president or not in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton is making sure she stays connected to important Democratic constituencies, from college students and Black women to the gay and lesbian community.

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National

Pope’s blunt remarks pose challenge for American bishops

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) by Rachell ZollAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

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National

Too edgy? Too tame? Gay pride parades spark debate

Overview shot of the crowd during concert with Melissa Etheridge at Pittsburgh Gay PrideFest 2012. Nationally, there’s no question that pride parades have become more mainstream and family-friendly as more gays and lesbians raise children, and more heterosexuals turn out to watch. With the surge of corporate sponsorships, they’ve become a big business in some cities. As a result, there’s disagreement within the gay community as to what sort of imagery the parades should present.(Courier Photo/J.L. Martello/File) by David CraryAP National Writer Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide. For many gays, who prize the events’ edginess, the shift is unwelcome – as evidenced by bitter debate preceding Sunday’s parade in Dallas.

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National

NAACP preparing committee to search for new CEO

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Brett ZongkerAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP’s board is forming a search committee to find the next president and CEO for the nation’s largest civil rights organization, its chairwoman said Monday.

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National

MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa WASHINGTON (AP) – Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.