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Nicole Yorksmith, right, kisses her three-year-old biological son while he is held by her spouse, Pam Yorksmith, during a news conference.

Judge Stays Most of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

By Amanda Lee Myers | Apr 16
A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio’s gay marriage law.

Sprint Calls Customer ’Gay Sissboy’ in Email

By Jason St. Amand | Apr 16
A straight married man from Chicago says he received an email from phone company Sprint that addressed him as a "gay sissyboy."

Scott Lively

Scott Lively Assumes the Mantle: ’America’s Biggest Homophobe’

By Jason Parsley | Apr 16
Fred Phelps is dead, but don’t worry: Someone just as vitriolic and virulently anti-gay is ready to assume the sobriquet of "Most Homophobic Man in America," and his reach extends to Uganda and Russia, where he helped usher in a new era of hate.

Anita T. Hill

Ala. Woman Charged With Murder for Allegedly Shooting Son’s Partner

By Jason St. Amand | Apr 16
An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son’s boyfriend. Investigators are not calling the incident a hate crime, however, and believe she shot him because he was violent with her son.

Judge Takes Up Michigan Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits

By Ed White | Apr 16
A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that’s not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

Planned Anti-Gay Rally in Ethiopia is Cancelled

By Elias Meseret | Apr 16
A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei to Punish Same-Sex Acts With Death By Stoning

By Jason St. Amand | Apr 16
Lawmakers in Brunei, the sovereign state in southeast Asia near Borneo, are gearing up to introduce a new penal code that will allow death by stoning for acts of gay sex.

South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from a ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea.

292 Missing, 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Disaster

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Youkyung Lee | Apr 16
A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing.

Mich. Lawyers Disagree Over Gay Marriage Appeal Path

Apr 16
Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage are opposing the state’s request to have an entire appeals court take the case.

Gay Rights Group Sends Petition to IOC

Apr 16
More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.