Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate the US Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Senate Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

The Respect for Marriage Act does not require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it does require states that ban same-sex marriages to recognize these marriages as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed.

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Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Follows Surge of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Threats Targeting LGBTQ Community

As Republican lawmakers and right-wing media figures have singled out the LGBTQ community with hateful rhetoric, children’s hospitals have faced bomb threats, armed extremist groups have targeted drag-related events, and LGBTQ individuals have been assaulted and now murdered in a mass shooting that left five dead.

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Orlando LGBTQ Activists Gather to Mourn Colorado Victims of Hate Crime

"Thanksgiving tables will have empty chairs this week. Holidays will have missing faces. These are the costs of hate violence," Equality Florida said in a statement.

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The Senate Is Voting This Week to Protect Gay Marriage. Here’s How You Can Help.

Vote is expected Wednesday on bipartisan legislation that would enshrine marriage equality into federal law.

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Florida Approves ‘Dangerous’ Ban on Transgender Health Care Treatment for Youth at DeSantis’ Urging

The governor has made criticizing such treatments for minors a routine part of his reelection campaign, often referring to the procedures in graphic terms during rallies and speeches.

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OnePULSE Foundation Receives Grant From Homeland Security to Fight Hate

The funding is part of a program to fight online radicalization, violent extremism, and other hate-based calls to violence.

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Miami-Dade School Board Votes Down Recognizing LGBTQ Month

Created “mostly to recognize the dignity and the respect for each other,” the measure was rejected in the nation's fourth largest school system.