Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.
But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.
Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.
This week the Republican Party of Texas released it’s finalized 2014 platform, which includes a line item addressing support for voluntary "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians.
"We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."
Texas Matters: In their new platform, the Republican Party of Texas has called for a right to reparative therapy – a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight. We look deeper into this therapy practice that critics say doesn’t work.
Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.
The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:
Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.
This week the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and the Metroplex Republicans were denied permission to have a booth at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. The two group's stance on LGBT issues put them in contrast to the official Texas GOP 2012 platform:
AT&T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers.
The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial non-discrimination ordinance revision.
Last September, as city council debated the revised non-discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups in San Antonio, a case hinging on gender identity harassment was brewing.