Thomas Duane Retiring from New York State Senate
June 03 2012 8:08 PM ET

Out, HIV-Positive Thomas Duane Leaving Politics

Neal Broverman

Another Democrat is expected to take his place in the New York Senate.

Rev Fears for Life After Denouncing Gays on Facebook
May 23 2012 1:56 PM ET

Rev. Fears for Life After Denouncing Gays

Michelle Garcia

A Mississippi Baptist minister-turned-lawmaker says he fears for his life after he reportedly cited Bible passages that denounced homosexuality on Facebook. Rep. Andy Gipson, reacting to President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of marriage equality, said, "The only opinion that counts is God's," he said before posting a passage from the Book of Leviticus on May 10. The passage read, "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

Antigay and Exgay Mayoral Candidate Drops From Race
May 19 2012 6:12 PM ET

Antigay (and Ex-Gay) Mayoral Candidate Drops From Race

Jeremy Kinser

Dara McDowell, a candidate for mayor of Covington, Kentucky and an ex-gay mother of eight, whose platform including fighting the "homosexual agenda," has dropped out of the race May 15, reports website Back2Stonewall.

Dee Coram is the Gay Son of the Colorado Legislator Who Killed the Colorado Civil Unions Bill
May 16 2012 12:10 PM ET

Gay Son of Colorado Legislator Disappointed With Father for Killing Civil Unions Bill

Neal Broverman

Dee Coram, the gay son of Republican Colorado legislator Don Coram, says he's "let down" that his father killed a state civil unions bill. The younger Coram pleaded with his father to not use his power to doom the legislation — his father refused and the bill died by one vote in a committee. "Yesterday was the first and only time I ever called him and said, "Can you do this?" the 44-year-old Dee Coram, the policitian's only offspring, told The Denver Post. "He said, 'I love you, but absolutely not.'"

Arizona Sheriff Wants to Bridge Chasm Between Gays and Republicans
May 14 2012 3:22 PM ET

Arizona Sheriff Wants to Bridge Chasm Between Gays and Republicans

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff Paul Babeu was outed earlier this year, after some allegations from a former boyfriend insinuating that Babeu, a conservative Republican, had made unethical decisions in his personal and professional life. While the investigation continues (Babeu says that he welcomes it because it will exonerate him), the sheriff has called off his campaign for Congress. 

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race
May 13 2012 2:06 PM ET

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race?

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Will President Obama’s outspoken support for same-sex marriage affect the 2016 presidential race? The Los Angeles Times thinks so. Paul West's new political column says the person for whom "risks and rewards of the issue have suddenly been raised is Martin O’Malley," the Maryland governor who is considered a likely White House aspirant.

Top Romney Aid Outed Trans Political Opponent
May 12 2012 1:53 PM ET

Top Romney Aide Outed Trans Political Opponent

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Mitt Romney has been under assault all week for a variety of political gaffes, but a new report in Raw Story highlights the questionable ethics of his top aide and political strategist, Eric Fehrnstrom.

Romney Tells Gay Conservatives to Drop Dead Says GoProud
May 12 2012 12:06 PM ET

Romney Tells Gay Conservatives to Drop Dead, Says GoProud

Diane Anderson-Minshall

After the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, spoke at Liberty University today, JimmyLaSalvia, executive director and cofounder of GOProud (a national organization of gay-friendly conservatives) took him to task, saying that Romney's message to Goldwater conservatives is clearly "Drop dead."

Gay Sheriff Accused in Deportation Case Drops Congress Bid and Will Run for Reelection
May 11 2012 2:08 PM ET

Gay Sheriff Accused in Deportation Case Drops Congress Bid

Trudy Ring

Paul Babeu says he will instead run for sheriff again.

Congressman Allen West Says Antigay Discrimination Doesn't Happen
May 11 2012 1:20 PM ET

Watch: Congressman Says Antigay Discrimination Doesn't Happen

Trudy Ring

Congressman Allen West says LGBT people don’t face discrimination.

Tenn Pol Blames Bad Parenting Not Bullying For Suicides
April 25 2012 1:41 PM ET

Tenn. Pol. Blames Bad Parenting, Not Bullying, For Suicides

Michelle Garcia

Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Faison apologized Tuesday after saying poor parenting and improper values are chief causes of teen suicides, and not bullying.

Sims Wins Primary On Track to Become Pennsylvanias 1st Openly Gay Legislator
April 25 2012 9:41 AM ET

Sims Wins Primary, On Track to Become Pennsylvania's 1st Openly Gay Legislator Editors

Brian Sims, an Advocate "40 Under 40" honoree and former executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, will become the state’s first openly gay legislator.