VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.
Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World
"I would prefer not to."Kim Davis, echoing Herman Melville's, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," is the
Date: 09/03/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — She perches in her stress-relieving nirvana: atop a rock just off a trail in a North Seattle park, shrouded by trees.
Date: 08/15/2015 | Northwest
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two...
Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?
Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary
After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...
Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SAN FRANCISCO — This city changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the...
Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn’t be used to support transgender girls.
Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended, in one sense, same-sex marriage.Now, in every state in the union, we can use just one word: marriage, without need of any qualifier.
Date: 06/28/2015 | Editorials
NEW YORK — “This family would make a great TV show!”That’s what Evanston, Illinois, teen Ben Lehwald told his mother a couple of years ago.
Date: 06/15/2015 | Life
Have you noticed that the first 65-year-old cover girl on Vanity Fair was actually born a boy? Is that transsexual progress or just trans-sexism?Yes, I am happy that Caitlyn Jenner has finally come out as a female, thereby risking her net worth. As one cartoonist suggested,...
Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Regarding the hate-filled and illogical June 1 letter to the editor, "Must rethink Gates, gay leaders," about Boys Scouts of America leader Bill Gate's advocacy for allowing gay leaders in Scouting:...
Date: 06/13/2015 | Commentary
In an interview with Paper magazine accompanied by racy photos with a pig that should definitely not be viewed at work, Miley Cyrus said she loves the fellows, the ladies and everyone in-between."I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't...
Date: 06/10/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The federal government is strongly urging employers to give transgender employees access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, marking a new policy front in the fast-moving campaign for transgender equality.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Nation & World
AUSTIN, Texas — Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has made headlines worldwide this week.But here in Austin, the transition has caused some residents to scratch their heads and wonder: What will happen to South Austin’s Bruce Jenner Lane?
Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World
It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.One could hardly find a news channel the past couple of days that wasn't touting the former Bruce Jenner for her courageous transgender metamorphosis or admiring her...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists
All loving couples deserve equal rights under the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has an important opportunity to help make that a reality.Two years ago, the Supreme Court took a step toward marriage equality when it declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...
Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary
DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.”
Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World
DUBLIN — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World
By Dana MilbankThe biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.
Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion
No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see — except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the...
Date: 04/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country’s gay people.
Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES — When Bruce Jenner revealed to Diane Sawyer what many had already speculated — that the 1976 Olympic champion now publicly identifies as a woman — nearly 17 million people were watching.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World
Bruce Jenner said Friday night that he’s transitioning from male to female, plainly telling ABC’s Diane Sawyer, "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
Date: 04/24/2015 | Nation & World
This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...
Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a law permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, various companies expressed outrage and tried to position themselves as bold defenders of social...
Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The only purpose of the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and other states is to assert that discrimination against gay people is acceptable. The only way to "fix" such measures is to repeal them.As events this week have shown, the nation is...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.
Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — N-word laden posts on a collection of Reddit sub-threads dubbed "the Chimpire." Password-protected forums on a Russian alternative to Facebook that doesn't censor hateful content. "Keyboard commandos" who meet online to discuss real-world...
Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Republican leaders announced a change of course Wednesday and approved the introduction of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the state’s Human Rights Act.
Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest
The Everett Fire Department has made a video for the "It Gets Better Project," a national campaign aimed at showing young people that growing up is hard but it gets...
Date: 01/12/2015 | Sirens
NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces...
Date: 10/30/2014 | Nation & World
BOISE, Idaho — A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late partner in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage.
Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest
If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded copies of their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the...
Date: 10/22/2014 | Opinion Columnists
VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Date: 10/18/2014 | Nation & World