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Lesbian Gets $35,000 Settlement Over Canceled Prom

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A rural school district that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf. The district also agreed to follow a non-discrimination policy. . . . Full...

Judge Blocks Arizona Law On Domestic Partner Benefits

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge is blocking Arizona from implementing a state law that eliminates domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian state employees. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick on Friday issued a preliminary injunction that requires the state to still make family health insurance available...

Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a...

Mexican Court Upholds Capital's Gay Marriage Law

MEXICO CITY - (AP) Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family. The justices' 8-2 ruling handed a legal victory...

Idaho Aviator Sues To Block 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

BOISE, Idaho - (AP) A gay rights group wants a federal court in Idaho to block the U.S. Air Force from discharging an aviator under the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars openly gay and lesbian military members from service. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed its lawsuit...

Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban Backers Can Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban's backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief...

Mississippi Lesbian Student Sues Over Rejected Tux Photo

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) Another teenage lesbian is suing a rural Mississippi school district, this time over a policy banning young women from wearing tuxedos in senior yearbook portraits. Ceara Sturgis' dispute with the central Mississippi Copiah County School District started in 2009, well before...

Gay Couple Challenges Wyoming's Marriage Law

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Wyoming law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree of Cheyenne say the Laramie County Clerk's Office. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Former Colleagues Testify For Lesbian Flight Nurse

TACOMA, Wash. - (AP) A lesbian flight nurse discharged under the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military was an excellent officer whose sexuality never caused a problem in her unit, former colleagues told a federal judge Monday. Former Maj. Margaret...

Judge To Rule Friday On Lesbian's Return To Air Force

TACOMA, Wash. - (AP) A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated he might have no other choice. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said he would issue a ruling Friday. . . . Full version...

Feds Object To 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Injunction

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Attorneys for the Obama administration objected Thursday to a proposed worldwide injunction being considered by a California federal judge that would halt the military's ban on openly gay troops. Calling the possible move "untenable," Department of Justice attorneys filed...

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

Judge: Stop 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Immediately

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished. Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction...

U.S. Seeks Delay In 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ruling

WASHINGTON - (AP) The Justice Department asked a federal judge Thursday to allow the military's "don't ask, don't tell' policy to continue while it appeals her order to end the ban on gays serving openly. The government's court filing came two days after U.S. District Judge Virginia...

Appeals Court Keeps Military's Gay Policy For Now

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal appeals court has frozen a judge's order halting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, even as the Pentagon has announced it will accept openly gay recruits. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday temporarily...

9th Circuit Extends Life Of Gay Military Policy

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge's order halting enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, heightening pressure on the Obama administration to persuade the U.S. Senate to repeal the law before...

ACLU Challenging Half-Pay For Discharged Gays

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says...

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Military Ban For Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue. The court did not comment in denying a request from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group...

Discharged Gay Veterans Sue For Reinstatement

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Three military veterans who were discharged under the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in uniform sued the government Monday to be reinstated and to pressure lawmakers to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law before a new Congress is sworn in. Full version...

Judge Eyes Target Lawsuit Against Gay Rights Group

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A judge said Friday he would issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Target Corp. against a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to make it stop canvassing outside the retailer's California stores. The Minnesota-based corporation is seeking an injunction barring the activists...

7 New Jersey Couples File Lawsuit Demanding Gay Marriage

TRENTON, N.J. - (AP) Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it's the only way to solve inequities created by the state's four-year-old civil union law. New Jersey lawmakers created that law to try to fulfill a...

Court: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Stay In Place

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to...

Students Sue Minnesota School District Over Gay Policy

CHAMPLIN, Minn. - (AP) Several current and former students sued Minnesota's largest school district Thursday, saying its policy requiring staff to remain neutral when sexual orientation is discussed in the classroom prevents teachers from effectively protecting kids perceived as gay from bullying...

LexisNexis Receives 2012 Equality Award From Human Rights Campaign Of Greater Cincinnati

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of Greater Cincinnati honors companies and organizations for their dedication to fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals with the 2012 Equality Awards. The awards recognize a company each year for outstanding efforts...