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Maryland lawmakers look to repeal state’s ‘archaic’ sex laws

Jan. 23, 2020 5:17 PM EST

Maryland lawmakers hope to repeal “archaic” provisions in the state’s spousal defense for sex crimes and sodomy laws with the reintroduction of legislation this session. Lawmakers on Jan. 30 expect to hear Senate bill 230, which would repeal the use of marriage as a defense to prosecution of...

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Democrat looking to unseat Sen. Collins wins key endorsement

Jan. 23, 2020 4:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A national organization devoted to getting LGBTQ candidates elected to public office is endorsing for the U.S. Senate in Maine former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat who wants an opportunity to unseat GOP Sen. Susan Collins. The Victory Fund announced Thursday its...

Appleton bans conversion therapy for minors

Jan. 23, 2020 12:14 PM EST

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The City of Appleton has banned license medical and mental health professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors. The resolution passed by the Common Council Wednesday night defines conversion therapy as the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation or...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Gus Kenworthy, of the United States, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These days, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow. His talents have him starring in a variety of roles both on and off the slopes. He's an actor (recently appearing in

Cast in many roles, Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 AM EST

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn't had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That's no line, either. He's just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his talents have him starring in a variety...

Bill allows transgender people to get new birth certificate

Jan. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow a person who changed their sex to have a new birth certificate issued, something that the transgender community said will help eliminate problems experienced when their legal identification doesn’t match their...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

Nathan Dalley, left, shakes hands with Republican Utah Rep. Craig Hall following a news conference about the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, now banned in Utah Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Dalley under went so-called conversion therapy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

Jan. 22, 2020 1:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to...

FILE — In this Aug. 1, 1963 file photo Bayard Rustin, leader of the March on Washington poses in New York City. California lawmakers, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D- San Diego, called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon Rustin, who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader

Jan. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with being an...

Mormon school to allow same-sex partners in ballroom event

Jan. 21, 2020 3:31 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University will allow same-sex couples to compete in a national ballroom dance competition hosted by the school, a move that goes against the institution's code against gay relationships, officials said. BYU was required to lift its ban on same-sex couples competing in...