After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor. On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that section that disqualified him from being a blood donor because of a U. Food and Drug Administration policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood.
House Democrats were unable to gut a bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT parents based on agencies' religious beliefs. Just an hour later, the Senate upheld language that strikes down an existing ban on gay people adopting children. The question of adoption rights for gay and lesbian Floridians has moved into the limelight this week, a month after the House removed a ban on gay people adopting children.
Rick Pluta. A lesbian couple wants to settle the doubts over same-sex parenting. Now let's turn to a legal question playing out in a federal courtroom in Detroit.
Greyhounds — those gentle giants that can sprint at 45 miles an hour — will never race again in Florida come They point to Massachusetts, where voters approved a ban on greyhound racing in that took effect two years later. Same story with New Hampshire in and Arizona last year.
The Texas House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow foster care and adoption agencies that receive state funding to refuse to place children with families they disapprove of on religious grounds, including families headed by gay or transgender people, atheists and others. The billwhich was approved on Wednesday and will now be considered by the Texas Senate, would allow agencies to cite religious beliefs when making other decisions as well, including whether to provide teenagers in their care with access to contraception and abortion. If the bill becomes law, the state would be forbidden from penalizing an agency — declining to renew a contract or license, for example — that cited religious objections when denying service to someone.
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Gay sex is no longer as widely criminalized as it used to be, but a total of 72 nations still have laws against it. That was the year when the global rights group began documenting the laws that are used to persecute LGBT people. Indonesiawhere a large province and some cities outlaw homosexual acts.
Many U. Some amendments prevented a state from legalizing same-sex marriagecivil unions and domestic partnershipswhile others banned only same-sex marriage. Conservative activists who favor such amendments may refer to them as "defense of marriage amendments" or "marriage protection amendments.
Undated -- Efforts to ban gays and lesbians from adopting children are emerging across the USA as a second front in the culture wars that began during the elections over same-sex marriage. Steps to pass laws or secure November ballot initiatives are underway in at least 16 states, adoption, gay rights and conservative groups say. Some, such as Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky, approved constitutional amendments in banning gay marriage. Florida has banned all gays and lesbians from adopting sincealthough they can be foster parents.