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47 0 0 0 13 6. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, attracted national attention last year when he signed a religious freedom law that members of the LGBT community said could worsen discrimination against them. After criticism from the business community, Pence signed an amendment to the law intended to protect gays about gay rights lesbians. But it was not his first brush with criticism from the LGBT community.

Congress was a prominent conservative figure in battles over marriage equality and equal rights in the last decade. In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would have banned discrimination against people based on sexual orientation. More than 20 years after the bill was first introduced, the Senate approved the proposal in 2013, but the bill failed in the House.

Pence favored the longtime military policy of not letting soldiers openly identify as gay. In May, the federal government directed school districts to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The directive came as criticism crescendoed around a North Carolina law that would have restricted the use of bathrooms. Along with many other conservatives, Pence opposed Obama’s directive and said it was a state issue. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice. This page has been archived and is no longer updated.

US News Weird News Offbeat Stars! If a person engages in sexual activity with a partner of the same sex but does not self-identify as gay, terms such as ‘closeted’, ‘discreet’, or ‘bi-curious’ may apply. New York, NY: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1992. Get updates on human rights issues from around the globe. American Civil Liberties Union, “For First Time, NY Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Law Barring Gays From Military Service.

Find out more about page archiving. Since then, terms like ‘clause 28’, ‘the age of consent’ and ‘civil partnerships’ have become part of the political language in the fight for gay rights. In this collection, we chart the story so far for gay and lesbian equality in the UK. Many of the programmes reflect the language common at the time when they were first broadcast and illustrate the changing attitudes towards homosexuality in the last 50 years. News First Civil Partnership Ceremony First UK civil partnership takes place in Belfast. News Homosexual Age of Consent Age of Consent Reduced to 16 across UK. Sir John Wolfenden is questioned about the recently published report on homosexuality.

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Has the Church lost its moral authority in accepting the ‘Wolfenden Report’? Interviews with homosexual men who risk arrest and social stigma. Wendy Jones interviews lesbians about life in 1965. Will a change in the law save homosexuals from blackmail and fear? Can a lesbian ever find true happiness?

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A panel debates a recent documentary on homosexuality. Advice and support for gay men and lesbians in Scotland. Peter France reports on the Gay Christian Movement. Preparing for the 1979 London Gay Pride week.