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VA State Senate Shifts to GOP, But GLBT Bills May Still Gain Traction

POLITICS | By John Riley | Sunday Aug 31, 2014
Virginia Republicans seized control of the state senate on Tuesday, Aug. 19, giving them complete power over the operations of the state's General Assembly and further thwarting Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) legislative agenda.

Javed Jaghai

Jamaican Ends Legal Challenge to Anti-Sodomy Law

POLITICS | By David McFadden | Aug 30
A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Abercrombie Blames Primary Loss on Gay Marriage

POLITICS | By Vijay Joshi and Cathy Bussewitz | Aug 30
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Charlie Crist

Crist Makes Florida Comeback Bid as 4 States Vote

POLITICS | By Brendan Farrington | Aug 27
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich on Tuesday, while Republican Gov. Rick Scott coasted in his own primary toward a general election matching the state's last two Republican governors.

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, right, kisses volunteer Edouine Belot, of Fort Lauderdale, left, on the head.

Voters in Florida, 3 Other States Head to Polls

POLITICS | By Bill Barrow and Brendan Farrington | Aug 26
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to find out how much momentum he has for a political comeback, as Democratic primary voters decide whether to nominate the former Republican for a chance to reclaim his old job.

Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke.

Gender Matters as 2 Women Top Wis. Democratic Ticket

POLITICS | By M.L. Johnson | Aug 25
Two top female Democrats share similar views on abortion rights, gay marriage and the environment but their campaigns reflect the dynamics of their races, as one seeks to win crucial swing voters in a close contest with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist

Fla. Primary: Ex-Gov. Crist Seeks Job Back as Dem

POLITICS | By Brendan Farrington | Aug 25
A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, campaigned at early voting sites and black churches on the final weekend before a state Democratic primary as he sought his old job back under a different party affiliation.

 In this May 25, 2006, file photo, Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., attends a hearing at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The Late Sen. Jeffords An Early Equality Supporter

POLITICS | By Wilson Ring | Aug 23
Jeffords was seen as one of a disappearing breed of moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republicans. He was known for championing the environment, education and the rights of disabled and GLBT Americans.

Scott Lively

Lively Qualifies for Massachusetts Governor's Race

POLITICS | By EDGE | Aug 22
The moniker "Liberal Massachusetts" proved to be somewhat of a misnomer Wednesday, when it was reported that extremist anti-gay activist Pastor Scott Lively received over 10,000 valid signatures from state residents in support of his bid for governor.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

NY Gov. Cuomo: Outlaw Gender Identity Discrimination

POLITICS | By David Klepper | Aug 21
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

NATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.