Tennessee is jumping on the marriage equality bandwagon and a federal lawsuit is expected to be filed today demanding the red state legally recognize same-sex marriage from states where they are legal.
The federal government announced $67 million in grants to organizations assisting people in signing up for coverage in new health plans as part of the Affordable Care Act — and Atlanta-based The Health Initiative will be receiving some federal funding to help people with open enrollment beginning Oct. 1.
How much federal funding The Health Initiative will receive and the exact details of the grant is not yet known at this point. The Health Initiative is a resource for LGBTQ seeking health care resources.
France became the ninth European nation to approve a same-sex marriage law after its National Assembly voted today to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, according to multiple media outlets.
The measure, which passed 331 to 225, came after several days of intense protests throughout the French capitol. Thousands rallied over the weekend and into Monday for and against the proposed legislation.
French President Francois Hollande, the head of the country's left-leaning socialist party, campaigned on marriage equality during France's 2012 elections. Hollande is expected to sign the measure into law.
When Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called Lee Schreter on Dec. 11 to tell her was announcing publicly his support of marriage equality, she whooped out loud.
“And I had a smile pasted on my face the rest of the day,” she recalled.
Schreter first met Reed about 15 years ago when Reed began working as a new attorney at the same firm where she was a partner. Over the years, Reed became close friends with Schreter and her partner, De Linda Bunnell, who have been together 31 years and were married last year in New York.
Reed credits Schreter with being perhaps the most influential person in his recent decision to support marriage equality rather than just civil unions.
Republican Meghan McCain, whose father lost to President Barack Obama four years ago, chatted with Anderson Cooper on his live TV show today and praised both legalizing marijuana and the passage of marriage equality in Maryland and Maine.
"If I want to smoke weed responsibly, it's nobody's business," McCain tells Cooper.
She also was pleased with marriage equality being passed in Maryland and Maine, calling it a "silver lining" of last night's election in which President Obama defeated Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
Early voting is underway and while many are focused on the presidential race, there are plenty of state and local races that Georgia Equality wants voters to be aware of as they head to the polls.
Today the state's largest LGBT political advocacy organizations released its 2012 endorsed candidates for the Nov. 6 general election:
Narrated by gay actress Jane Lynch, a new film highlighting President Barack Obama's accomplishments on LGBT equality is both a perfect political ad aimed at us, and a poignant message showing that he has done more to recognize us publicly than any other president.
National LGBT groups are thrilled with President Barack Obama's public support of same-sex marriage as stated today in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. And, of course, those who despise Obama and equality for LGBT people are also chiming in with their distaste for the president's historic words.
Those working for marriage equality also noted that while North Carolina suffered a disappointing loss when voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, there are still ongoing marriage fights currently taking place in Maryland and Washington state.