article placeholder

N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.

article placeholder

Gay mom booted from Boy Scouts finds an unlikely ally in Mitt Romney

 Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gayMitt Romney's changing positions on issues over the years is fodder for late-night TV comedians, political opponents and disgruntled Republicans, who say he's no different than Barack Obama on many of the country's most important issues.

I guess that means Romney is also a Muslim Communist terrorist sympathizer who goes around promoting class warfare?

Take the 1994 Romney for example. That Romney said he would do more for gay rights than then-Sen. Ted Kennedy during a debate leading up to that year's election. Romney also said that he supported an inclusive Boy Scouts of America, where he sat on the organization's board of directors for the better part of a decade.

article placeholder

Petition asks President Obama to require LGBT non-discrimination policies for federal contractors

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to require companies that hold federal contracts to enact LGBT non-discrimination employment policies.

The petition was started by Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBT workers from harassment in the workplace.

According to Freedom to Work, some 16 million Americans who work with the federal government are unprotected from anti-gay discrimination on the job.

article placeholder

Petition calls on Ga. lawmakers to enact hate crime protections

Gay rights activists are hoping that Georgia lawmakers will take a recently released video of an Atlanta gang beating a man they called “faggot” as proof that the state needs meaningful hate crime legislation.

Brandon White, 20, was seen in a video uploaded to early this week being beaten by an Atlanta gang calling themselves “Jack City.” The attack happened over the weekend, according to White.

A digital petition has been created in response to video, calling for Georgia's legislators to give local law enforcement the ability to investigate hate crimes.

article placeholder

White House responds to DOMA petition

President Obama's administration announced it would no longer defend DOMA in court

The White House responded this week to an online petition calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions.

The "We the People" petitions, an initiative created by the White House, offer citizens a chance to call on President Obama and his administration to act on a range of issues from social and domestic to foreign policy and the economy.

One of the most signed petitions called for the repeal of DOMA, which included some 14,000 signatures.

Here is the official response from Gautam Raghavan, from the White House Office of Public Engagement: