New Hampshire passes trans non-discrimination bill

On May 2, the Senate of New Hampshire approved of HB 1319, an act which updates that state's discrimination laws. Historically, New Hampshire has banned discrimination in housing, employment, and public spac...
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5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, Feb. 9

1. In what some are speculating is directly related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently being tried in the U.S. Supreme Court in Colorado, Republican legislators in the state have voted to defund the Col...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 30

1. The Washington Post looks at the complicated details behind the end of the transgender military ban. 2. Speaking of, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan issued an executive order on Thursday barring discrimi...
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Romney cements status as front-runner in New Hampshire

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney claimed nearly 40 percent of yesterday's vote in the country's first primary of the 2012 general election season, according to the Associated Press.

Last night's victory in New Hampshire only solidified Romney's status as the GOP front-runner, but after two contests, Romney still faces an uphill battle to win over more than half of the GOP voters who still prefer another of the party's candidates. Romney finished last week's Iowa caucuses with a narrow margin of victory over former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn).

Romney, one of the more “moderate” candidates in the race, doesn't support allowing gay couples to marry, but he does support some kind of partnership agreement between consenting adults.

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[Video] National Organization for Marriage goes after Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul

The National Organization for Marriage is targeting Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) ahead of today's New Hampsire Primary. The anti-gay group announced this week that it had set up a phone bank and had begun running television ads in the state.

Paul is not a gay rights hero, but he's far from NOM's preferred choice, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn). Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are the only two major GOP candidates that refused to sign NOM's “Marriage Pledge.”

Here's one of their commercials:

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Opportunities and risks for marriage equality in 2011

Map of states in same-sex marriage fights in 2011

Guide to USA map with same-sex marriage fights in 2011After a 2010 with few marriage equality measures contested outside the courtroom, 2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country.

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to the law allowing gay couples to marry in Washington, D.C.

Still, two states face the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, and five could gain marriage equality.