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Hawaii Supreme Court sides with lesbian couple in B&B case

Jul. 11, 2018 6:53 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay...

Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned march

Jul. 1, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered Sunday for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row. Hundreds of people chanted slogans and...

Hosting World Cup makes Russia more gay-friendly _ for now

Jun. 29, 2018 7:21 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While World Cup fans pack the St. Petersburg Stadium fantasizing of soccer victory, Pyotr Voskresensky and fellow gay rights activists follow the matches in a quiet gallery across town decorated with beanbags and astroturf. They relish a different dream. Voskresensky, an...

Panic! At the Disco launches human rights organization

Jun. 28, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie is launching a human rights organization called Highest Hopes Foundation. The rock singer said Thursday that the nonprofit will support "communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender...

UK couple wins court ruling in fight for civil partnership

Jun. 27, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ban on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples is "incompatible" with human rights laws — a decision supporters hope will pave the way for such unions. Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, who say they wanted to avoid the...

Judge questions whether 'bathroom bill' fight should proceed

Jun. 25, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge said Monday he was "at a loss" to understand how transgender North Carolinians are being harmed by a compromise law that undid the state's "bathroom bill" but also prevented local governments from enacting new LGBT protections. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder...

Supreme Court passes on new chance to take on hot issues

Jun. 25, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court passed up new opportunities Monday to take on two hot topics - partisan gerrymandering and balancing LGBT and religious rights - and also left rulings about the Trump travel ban and other big cases for coming days as it began the final week of its term. With the...

Justices won't hear case of anti-gay marriage florist

Jun. 25, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Washington state courts Monday to take a new look at the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, in light of the justices' recent ruling in a similar case involving a Colorado baker. The order means the Supreme Court is again,...

The Latest: Judge mulls letting bathroom bill fight proceed

Jun. 25, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging the law that replaced North Carolina's "bathroom bill" (all times local): 1:45 p.m. A federal judge needs time to consider whether transgender plaintiffs can proceed with a lawsuit challenging a North Carolina law that replaced the state's...

'Bathroom bill' fight returns to a North Carolina courtroom

Jun. 25, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Transgender plaintiffs who think the compromise that replaced North Carolina's "bathroom bill" is still discriminatory are heading to court. A federal judge will hear arguments Monday from lawyers representing Republican legislative leaders who say the case should be dismissed...